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Energy Costs

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the House’s (a) heating and (b) lighting bills were in 2005-06; what assessment the Commission has made of the feasibility of introducing smart systems to reduce energy consumption; and if he will make a statement. (104413)

The information requested is as follows.

(a) The House’s gas costs in 2005-06 for heating and hot water, including kitchens, were £450,576. The bill for gas heating alone is not known as it is not separately metered.

(b) The House’s total electricity costs in 2005-06 were £1,413,393. The bill for electrical lighting alone is not known as it is not separately metered.

Plans are being prepared for purchasing specialist energy monitoring and targeting software and installing it such that it would gather data automatically from all the mains energy and water meters and the major sub-meters.

Automating both the meter reading and the meter data analysis would effectively provide continuous ‘real time’ monitoring of energy and water consumptions and costs, enable exceptional consumptions to be automatically identified and reported and thereby allow rapid action to be taken to investigate and remedy wastage.